Re: [RC] Pre-Ride VC Issues and a few others - Roger Rittenhouse
Let me backup to a few issues that predicated my current position. This
disagreement with vetting protocol did not just start with the two
issues presented by the two riders this week.
I first noted the problem increasing last year.
Personal experience is how many of us develop opinions and positions.
I believe I did address the misuse of CRI as a completion criteria. I
took the issue to the BOD and was met with negative comments and or no
The problem was set aside since it was my horse. Therefore it was a
personal issue vs a noncompliance with the rules of what constitutes
a completion. Not so nor the real issue.
Since we finished in spite of the problem I felt it was acceptable
to ask if this was proper.
CRI was use as a single completion criteria
- if you failed that, you could be pulled. The failure was defined as
8 beats. Nothing else was used to determine if you should be pulled.
ONE parameter to be used to make the decision.
ALL other parameters were A/B. I objected since this was not in the rules for completion
was not advised at the rider briefing. The horse finally passed the
completion CRI by obtaining a false base line- trot horse over take
pulse- elevated to 64 - then trot for CRI. The return pulse was 68,
that was considered passing.
He was trotted 4 times,( excessive to pass an invalid completion
parameter) AND fully
evaluated each time for the full completion criteria not just the cri.
I made an issue of this but it was not taken seriously -
since it was 'sour grapes" (figure that one,) and my 'personal
attach' on the vet. Not so I- disagreed with the protocol - not the
Issue is no one wants to object or speak out and mostly because the vets
are permitted to do what ever they want. We are NOT allowed to
complain. Else repercussions will be applied as in a pull.
That is an example of direct conflict with the current completion
rules. IF one wants to make CRI a completion parameter the rules
should be changed.
I do not agree CRI SHOULD be used as completion criteria.
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